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repeat it. this city is so proud of its history and so rich in its history. you can look around with a fire department has displayed. it will grow in time. it is a tribute to guardians of the city and the people around me that and gotten this thing going and will keep it going. 22 years ago, we all remember where we were. we remember the giants were playing in the world series. we are so much farther along than we were 22 years ago with public-private partnerships and preparing for every calamity aroma world as if it occurred here. prior to becoming mayor, mayor lee was charged with recovery planning. that has moved far along for
infrastructure with public/private partnerships. we're committed to prepare more today than yesterday. we need the help of everybody to get it done. we have to keep in mind how far we have come and how far we have to go. [applause] >> thank you. i would like to introduce the sheriff of san joaquin valley -- county. thank you for coming. i would also like to acknowledge some members of the board and guardians of the city. mike anderson of the sheriff's department. dave everly from emergency management. jamie o'keefe, jan ford. did i miss anybody?
where is mike? i mentioned jamie. she has her whole family here today. as we enter the solemn moments, i like to call joanne hayes- white up to lead us through. >> thank you. you will hear more about the guardians of the city. it is a wonderful concept. welcome to station 10. this is our museum. it has beautiful pieces and parts of our city and history and department. as you can see, it has outgrown this place. the guardians of the city are working on a place where our departments' histories will all be housed together so that the public can come, visit, and do
research. my hat is off to all of the volunteers putting this concept together. thank you for that. i would also like to acknowledge the presence of one of my predecessors, also a huge history buff who knows so much about the city and apartment,, the former chief of the department ed phipps and his wife. [applause] thank you so much for being here. while we are acknowledging people, i would like to pay my utmost respect to our sheriff who will be retiring sen. he is a rich part of the city history. i think was entering high school when mike started as sheriff. it is a well-deserved retirement. [applause] >> she says she was still in high school when i became share.
i keep reminding people they do not know how long it took her to get through high school. [laughter] >> we joke that he is retiring sen. when i reached the end of my career, i am going to take the show on the road. a light to pay-respect -- my respect and thank you for your dedication to the city. we're here to learn more about the guardians of the city. it is all about what happened here at 5:00 04 on october 17, 1989. that was the loma prieta earthquake. 67 people lost their lives. there were countless others that were impacted and injured. i will echo our police chiefs and sheriffs. we are much better prepared today than we were in 1989. that does not mean our work is done. we can always improve our efforts. it is most important on days like today to continue to emphasize that message.
as the public safety department, we will be there for you on any given day and at a difficult time. when there is a large disaster, that is when the community apart comes in. we're very well-coordinated with the department of emergency management. we exercise and train together frequently. that is so we can respond effectively in moving to the recovery phase as quickly as possible. preparedness is the key message. mayor lee has always been a champion for public safety and prepared this report. this -- preparednes.. there is no reason not to be prepared. there many websites. we're very proud of our nert program. we recognize and thank the
community that wanted to work with us shoulder to shoulder. the one thing that was missing was the training and education. in 1990, we went about creating and developing curriculum to teach the community. it is free. is about disaster preparedness, how to keep your family safe, stay safe in your workplace, pets, it has a lot of ideas and concepts that should become natural. we're very seismically vulnerable. we need to be adequately prepared. the preparedness message is keeping the more of us that are prepared, the better off we will be when we come to respond in moving to the recovery phase. that is my message. i also want to thank supervisor farrell.
we are delighted region were delighted to be able to extinguish the fires 22 years ago. -- we were delighted to be able to extinguish the fires 22 years ago in the marina district. thank you for being here today and supporting the concept of the guardians of the city. i will hand it back over to the captain. thank you very much for coming. have a look around. [applause] >> i would like to introduce supervisor farrell. he is our shepherd through the legislative process. >> when the captain came to talk to me about the notion of the guardians of the city, when i first came into office, it was such a no-brainer. i stand before you today as a member of the board of supervisors representing
district two and also as someone who feels a personal connection to what we're doing. i grew up in the marina district. i went through the 1989 earthquake in a personal way. my family home was severely damaged in the earthquake. we were forced out of our home for over a year while it was repaired. we spent the first three weeks volunteering for the red cross shelter, seeing my neighbors getting tagged and told whether they could go back in or would never be able to go back into their homes. i witnessed firsthand what our public safety departments did. for that, we are forever grateful. it is a testament that we have mayor lee and the heads of all our public safety departments with us today. as a kid whose parents were founding members of nert, for me
it is such a personal thing. it is something i am happy and proud to be part of. it is about preparing for the future. i am proud to serve on the disaster council with mayor lee. we are doing so much with the department of emergency management and city hall to make sure we are prepared for the next big one. it is also really important to remember the past. it is really important to honor those who serve us, kept a safe, and will continue to do so. for me, guardians of the city is what it is about. it is honoring our public safety departments, those who put their lives on the line for us, and will be critical for us as citizens of san francisco in the future when the next one hits. we need to make sure that we continue to be prepared with them in the future and to honor their past to make sure it is
safe for future generations of all san franciscans to make sure we remember. it is an honor to do that. i look forward to working with everyone here in making this museum a reality in the future. thank you very much. [applause] >> on going to ask the director of the department of emergency management to come up. she will be followed by moments of silence, remember this, and observation that led by chief hayes-white. >> it is a pleasure to be here today among my distinguished colleagues. thank you so much. i think i am the luckiest person in san francisco to have the job
as the director of the department of emergency management. i get to work with all these wonderful people. we enjoy the support of our legislative body and our executive body. i think that is very unusual. it is one of the reasons we have been able to become so much better prepared this -- preparedness because our elected leaders understand how important it is that san francisco be able to recover and the resilience. when mayor lee was our city administrator, he undertook the whole effort for resiliency. this morning, we had a symposium that was very successful at city hall talking about the committee approach to disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. the fact that we cannot do it alone.
police department, the fire department, the sheriff -- none of us has the capacity to be able to respond ourselves. we need to work as a community. you need to get to know your neighbors. you need to know what resources are in your neighborhood. all of that being said, we have many great schools we have come up with. check out 72hours.org. you can find simple things you can do to make sure you are prepared at home. they also have " happens -- today also happens to be bosse'' day. i would like to give a big shot out to my boss, mayor lee. i will do a proclamation for you, mr. mayor. i want to thank you for all of your support. you have been wonderful. i know is coming up on 5:00 04
when we will do a moment of silence. i want to invite all of you to the reception after this on california and presidio. we hope you will all join us. thank you for being here today. [applause] >> i would also like to acknowledge72 hours our fire commission since 1996. he is here today. he is been a great champion for the city and has served a countless number of years. he has been a great supporter of of thing san francisco, particularly the fire department. thank you for being here today. [applause] i also have two division chiefs.
we have the division chiefs here representing the city. [applause] i am also joined by my deputy chief. i want to acknowledge him. now here's retired captain jim lead to say a few things. >> i think we have a couple of minutes before we hit the timeline. i want to give the history on how we got started on this endeavor. we were discussing coming together in a joint organization called guardians of the city. there were two organizations that stepped up to move it forward. it was the police officers association, and the firefighters local 798.
i would like to commend those two organizations for having the idea and making it happen. they have the seed money to get us started with guardians of the city to create a nonprofit public charity. i like to honor them. tom o'connor is now the new president of local 798. thank you. >> i would like tom o'connor to come forward. chief white. >> i am told i have approximately two more minutes. we did become a paid professional department in 1867. we will see adjacent to station
10 -- i served my probation here. the firefighters would come over. it gives you a snapshot of the department history and how we advanced from the beginning in 1867 to where we are today in 2011. as we approach 5:04, we would like to have a solemn moment. the deputy chief will bring the department fell three times. we will observe a moment of silence and reflect back to october 17, 1989. 67 lives were lost. thousands were injured. much property was devastated. people's lives were greatly affected. i will ask you --
tape 55 >> welcome, this is carl. >> great to meet you. >> great to me you, and i want to thank you for your interest and this is the city's animal shelter. and come in and a lot of people come here to adopt a animal or if they have lost their animal or looking for other animals. and we deal with other animals like birds and rabbits and you
name it. this is more to see in this facility and more to see in the community. and i suggest you go with an animal control person and see what they co, whether rescuing animals in distress or hit by a car or dealing with aggressive animals or wildlife or a variety of things. you can only get that flavor with them and doing it first hand. >> i have been with animal control for about six years, i spent a year in the kennel and then the office came up and i started doing it and it really fit. it's really the job for me. and animals i have to handle and i know what i am doing, i rarely get scared.
[whistle]. we do a lot of investigations and most are not as bad as people report but everyone once in a while they are. and i had one and people had moved out and the dog was in the inside and it makes me teary and when the dog is in the backyard, and i can pull an animal out of a horrible environment and feel good. >> where does this animal go after this? >> they go for the shots and then the kennel. >> and if they just found this, and once we enter everything in the computer and they can track to find out if the dog went back home.
we hold them for five days. >> this is a stray dog and it came in today and we immobilize it and then put it in a room with food and water. >> and then evaluate for medical behavior and see if anyone is interested in adopting then. >> we want to be sure that their behavior is good for the average adopter and not aggression problem, toward people or animals. >> and if they growl and don't bite the hand, she passes that. and good girl, in case she has something in her mouth, we get it out. and one more test, called the startle test and it startled
hear but she came to me. and passed the handling test. >> for the mental exam i feel for lumps and bumps. and the ears and see if they are infected and look at the eyes and be sure they are clear and don't have cataracts and look at their teeth and heart. this is the first job that i feel i make a dvrngs. -- difference. and we may do 40 to 80 animals a day for treatments. and do blood work and skin scrapings and cultures to diagnose different diseases. and x-rays, i can take an animal that would be euthanized at a different shelter and fix it and get it ready for a home.
>> we have a partnership and we let a professional groomer run a private business from our facility and in turn grooms our shelter animals. what is the big deal of that? when someone comes to adopt an animal, if it looks good, chances are it will be adopted more. >> and we groom and clean the ears and the works. >> typically a shelter wouldn't have grooming? >> not at all. and these dogs are treated with the utmot -- utmost care that others can't provide. this is a shampoo to bring out the luster. and i feel satisfied in helping
the shelter pets be adopted and to be a part of such a wonderful staff, from the top all the way down. if she passes our evaluation, she will stay until she's adopted. if you are interested in adoption and don't want to put them to sleep, that means at a last resort, we will give you a call before putting to sleep. you are not bound to the dog, and we would give you a call, and it's an actual adoption and cost $107 and it will be your dog. >> the volunteers to meet are the unsung heroes in this field that take the animals to hope and nurse them to get strong enough to come down and rehome.
without volunteers, i would have to be honest to say this wouldn't be much more than a pound. we thank god that we have the number of committed people coming down and helping us out, it makes all the difference in the world. >> when you want to come in and volunteer, you go through a general orientation, about two hours. there is a lot of flexibility. and the various programs available, are baseline dog walking. you can work with the cats. you can work with tony's kitty rescue, with the small animals and guinea pigs and birds and chickens. >> you always have an appreciative audience. >> do you feel that what you have learned here helped you with your own dogs? >> the training they don't have? yes.
and it's things that you learn, we usually outlive our dogs and every time you get a new one, you have skills to teach them. >> one of the programs is training program and it's staffed by a member of the community and one of the programs she has is dog socialization. >> we started this program for canine socialization. and all the dogs available for adoption get to play for two hours. and it's a time for them to get incredible exercise and play with other dogs and we have remedial socialization. and it's incredible the dogs and they get exercise and run and tumble and when most
adopters come to look in the afternoon, they are quiet and settled. >> and i want come and someone sees a dog and loves it, it's quick. and after three weekends, i saw him and he connected and i connected and came back. >> what is your experience of working with the animals? >> unbelievable. from the guy that is came to the house and everyone here, they are friendly and knowledge believe and -- knowledgeable and they care about the animals. >> and it's a great place to visit and look at the animals and maybe fall in love and take one home. and look at our grooming
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